(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)
So…wow…the NC budget proposal is chock full of K-12 reform. Click on the link and check out:
College Board Partnership
School Vouchers for Low-Income Students
A-F School Grading
Teacher Contract and Dismissal language
North Carolina lawmakers seem likely to pass a special needs voucher program as well.
On the choice front, if both programs pass more than 50% of North Carolina students will become eligible to exercise private choice in the state. The choice efforts of 2011, 2012 and now 2013 rank as the three most successful years in the history of the parental choice movement. If North Carolina passes this set of reforms, they will join as fraternity of states pursuing K-12 reform over the objections of the special interests which typically dominate K-12 policy formation. The quality of implementation and the sheer determination of reformers in the state will be the ultimate keys to the success of these reforms.
The kids starting with the least have the most to gain.